The new angle might have emerged from the friction between the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor in office and national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the governor visited the Iyanmoh residence of Oshiomhole to celebrate Eid al Adha.
Obaseki who went along with some close aides tendered a special Sallah message to the Muslim community, advising that they shun bitterness and look forward to factors that can help in the development of Edo State.
The governor’s visit was reckoned by many as a portrayal of his words into action.
Governor Obaseki commended the Muslim community for their immense support to his governance, he, however, promised to remain committed to the transformation of Edo State and the empowerment of all its people.
The Otaru of Auchi in his address thanked the governor for his rare leadership and urged him not to give in to the forces of darkness trying to divide the people of Edo State. He encouraged him to remain prayerful and continue to strive in the interest of the people.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on media and communications, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, who spoke after the visit commended the Muslim community and lauded the governor for his demonstration of exemplary leadership. He suggested that the visit would likely unnerve a tiny fraction of the people of the state.
“The notion that these two men are adversaries is being propagated by morally and financially insolvent people seeking to profit off of the challenges they have been working so hard to foment. You cannot blame such people really. Their talents and abilities are severely limited, so it is in their collective interest to stoke tension and drive division, but I can tell you that they have already failed.” he said.
According to Osagie, true leaders understand that they represent the people in whose interests they must serve. “This is why His Excellency has always said that the resources of the state, are for the people only, and not for a negligible minority and nothing can ever change this,” he concluded.
Recall that Edo State House of Assembly has been entangled in a political slough after some members refused to be inaugurated on the date Governor Obaseki of Edo State issued a declaration based on their alleged alliance with former Governor of the state, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole.